Another in the AEI Propac cassette collection. This one is an all-instrumental compilation (as the title suggests) and like the otehrs, was probably from the early 1990s. The selections are not so much jazz-driven (though there are a few smooth jazz cuts included) but more new-age and light-classical oriented, so it has a quite unique sound amongst such programmes. (NB. I've heard Muzak's Contemporary Instrumental a.k.a. Plaza programme and it includes new age cuts, but is more smooth jazz-driven, or it was when I heard it last, about 8-10 years ago.) None of these tapes include any documentation and this one is no exception, and I don't have Sound Hound, so if anybody wants to compile a setlist and post it in the reviews, please do. It should not be confused or compared with AEI Rediffusion/Mood's "Instrumental Contemporary" programme which airs via satellite in the United Kingdom (featured in an earlier upload) and is an entirely different library with its own sound.
This tape's noise floor is surprisingly low by comparison of the others, so either it was on a higher grade of emulsion or it didn't get played as much. Visually examining the tape's colouration it appears to either be a CrO2 or perhaps an high-chromium superferric, so that may be why. Some of the selections do have some noticeable companding distortion, particularly during piano and flute solos, which may either be a result of whatever processing AEI used in mastering or an artefact of having been recorded at 1 2/5 IPS.
No restoration, EQ or noise reduction was done on this transfer. Speed correction was -27.5% (-25% plus extra -2.5% to adjust for possibly faulty mastering equipment). The audio has been split into separate mono tracks for this presentation.
Notes DOWNLOADING When downloading this recording e.g. for local listening or to post elsewhere, please select only the original high-bitrate PCM ("WAVE" option) files. The lossy MP3 files for immediate previewing in the built-in Web player above were encoded from the PCM files using LAME 3.99.5 Linux (command $ lame -b128 -mm -o -q0 "'filename.wav]") but for optimal listening please download and use the PCM version. The FLAC files listed are Archive's own autoderivatives and cannot provide technical support if you download them. Master files are encoded as 44100 Hz 16-bit linear PCM (RIFF header). The unprocessed tape-in files are also provided for reference.
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Thanks for the review mate! I've been listening to your CD rips off and on. I had to grab them all in one shot with youtube-dl and play them locally since my browser doesn't like Mixcloud for some reason and just displays a blank page, plus I don't have 802-11 so I need to play them locally.
Check your RD private messages; I would like to talk with you some more via E-mail or the board if possible.
July 31, 2021 Subject:
Been looking for a Contemporary Instrumentals programme for ages!!!
Have a look on my Mixcloud for some UK AEI Programmes if you fancy. (It's RediffusionMusic from YouTube btw)